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Re: “Popular Fremont Hiking Spot for Selfies Prompts Parking Lot on Sacred Land

Another important data point that EBRPD needs to consider is that mission peak has the highest density of nesting eagles. See excerpt below from

Joe DiDonato spent part of the late 1980s in a cabin in the Ohlone Wilderness, surveying eagles. He recalls that his estimate of more than 20 nests between Mission Peak and Del Valle was met with incredulity. But later surveys by biologists Grainger and Teresa Hunt, who did extensive trapping, banding, and radio-telemetry, confirmed that number. “We have the highest density of nesting golden eagles anywhere in the world,” DiDonato says. In part that’s due to a bountiful prey base, primarily ground squirrels. A resurvey by the Hunts in 2005 found that all 58 territories documented in 2000 were still occupied. Most local goldens, sensitive to human disturbance, nest in remote places.

Posted by Sue K on 10/21/2016 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Officer Ryan Walterhouse Arrested on Conspiracy Charges

Trickle down politics

Posted by Hayley Brogan on 10/21/2016 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Popular Fremont Hiking Spot for Selfies Prompts Parking Lot on Sacred Land

So, pipelines and selfies are perfectly appropriate reasons to destroy Native culture in the 21st century?

Do you know what makes this more infuriating? The Ohlone College entrance to Mission Peak is always empty on the weekends and has spots for hundreds of visitors. More than enough to accommodate the demand.

Posted by #NoDAPL on 10/21/2016 at 7:26 AM

Re: “Popular Fremont Hiking Spot for Selfies Prompts Parking Lot on Sacred Land

Mr Saijan, there used to be plenty of parking on the streets, but it is now mostly restricted to residential permit holders on the weekend. Perhaps the City should open Weibel Dr and then the parking lot may be reconsidered. Firebert, you can use the trails you prefer --it seems you don't like Mission Peak, but that doesn't mean others share your tastes. Please also explain what pictures are acceptable; it may be possible to get rules added to ordinance 38 and to hell with the First Amendment.

I'd like to use Vargas Plateau instead if driving out of my neighborhood to use Mission Peak, but the park district failed to convince a judge that they completed work as per a 2012 lawsuit settlement. Nevertheless, the plaintiffs offered to allow the park to open with the lower access points while the remaining issues were litigated. The Park District considers this favoritism even though anyone can park on the adjacent streets and use these access points. Somehow the EBRPD funding permit parking is not? The EBRPD has some pretty twisted logic. I'm convinced, after waiting more than 10 years for Vargas Plateau, that the District's senior staff prefers land museums and litigation over park access.

Posted by mtnbkr on 10/20/2016 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Officer Ryan Walterhouse Arrested on Conspiracy Charges

The obvious is now undeniable: neither the Mayor nor her appointed sycophants have any control. Oakland deserves, and desperately needs, a civilian police commission unfettered by OPD or the corner office at City Hall. Vote!

Posted by Jerry West on 10/20/2016 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Popular Fremont Hiking Spot for Selfies Prompts Parking Lot on Sacred Land

This is what happens when basic bitches flock to a hill to take selfies in front of a stick. There are tons of better hiking trails in the bay area with better vistas. It's a fad trail and it will die soon

Posted by firebert on 10/20/2016 at 10:24 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Officer Ryan Walterhouse Arrested on Conspiracy Charges

A. How was this a conspiracy? B. Since when are OPD officers prosecuted for taking part in conspiracies? No officers were prosecuted for conspiring to extort thousands of dollars from downtown club owners during the Dellums administration. (OPD deliberately overscheduled and then sent officers them home, charging the club owner for the officers who were sent home.) OPD officer(s) testified to this conspiracy in depositions when one of the club owners sued (OPD shakedown put club out of business).

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 10/20/2016 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Popular Fremont Hiking Spot for Selfies Prompts Parking Lot on Sacred Land

It is shameful that people are discouraged to enjoy physical activity so close to your home and harm the young generation by narrow minded. In mater of fact there is no shortage of parking on public streets. Building parking lot is second option and dragging their legs are so selfish.

Posted by Nirmal Sajjan on 10/20/2016 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Popular Fremont Hiking Spot for Selfies Prompts Parking Lot on Sacred Land

It's a disgrace for a part district to claim they "work" with Ohlone people then move to desecrate their sacred sites even though the majority of the community whom attended the meeting was in opposition to the parking lot. People proposed a shuttle as an alternative that would accommodate everyones needs. Anyone that supports this project has a colonial settler as this project would further cultural genocide by disturbing their Shellmound Burial site. #protectsacredsites

Posted by CatWild on 10/20/2016 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Popular Fremont Hiking Spot for Selfies Prompts Parking Lot on Sacred Land

I agree with the neighbors who object to the parking lot at option A and cite their concerns about the potential impact on Ohlone cultural artifacts. In fact I suggest they demonstrate their commitment by vacating their homes (which are also likely to be built over Ohlone sites) and restore their property to a natural state.

Posted by mtnbkr on 10/20/2016 at 7:21 PM

Re: “Popular Fremont Hiking Spot for Selfies Prompts Parking Lot on Sacred Land

Spurred by a fad of selfie-snapping atop Mission Peak — which offers a world-at-your feet view of Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay — usage of the one-mile trail to the summit has grown exponentially in recent years.

First of all get your facts straight. This not a case exponential growth. There has been very constant number of visitors for the last three years. It's a 3.1 mile hike not one-mile. It is also a 2100 ft. climb. The reason people go up there is because it is an accomplishment. Mission Peak is part of an eclectic park system all bay area residents can enjoy. Imagine closing a park because it has become popular. That's ridiculous and in opposition to the stated goals of East Bay Regional Parks.

Posted by Paul Crothers on 10/20/2016 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Popular Fremont Hiking Spot for Selfies Prompts Parking Lot on Sacred Land

"Residents near the Stanford Avenue access point have complained to EBRPD staff about the resulting parking glut in the streets in front of their homes."

I bet they'd throw a fit if someone suggested better transit access though.

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 10/20/2016 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Nellie's Soulfood Plots a Triumphant Return to West Oakland

Omgeeee that would be wonderful... God bless

Posted by Denice Simpson Braga on 10/20/2016 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Officer Ryan Walterhouse Arrested on Conspiracy Charges

Ya think?
Too many excuses by too many people for too many years. Yes on Measure LL. Oakland deserves better.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 10/20/2016 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Cinco TacoBar in San Leandro Redefines the Strip Mall Taqueria

Thanks, Robert. Fixed.

Posted by Luke Tsai on 10/20/2016 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Dance with Your Arms Up at 'Hairy Pits'

<3 Thank you for this write up! <3

Posted by Tasha Yar on 10/20/2016 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Former Black Panther Party Newspaper Staffers Discuss Social and Racial Justice

Congrats on an article well done. Since I was not living in the Bay Area at the time, much of what we read and saw on TV in LA was heavily biased. We knew it, but had no access. Your interview points that out and emphasizes the relevance of improved communications to #BlackLivesMatter and other activist groups. When I later became a social worker with the homeless in San Francisco, my mentor, Betty Crowder, always credited Willa Gray, her professor at San Francisco State and the Black Panthers for her training. Thanks for your hard work. See you at OMCA and Power to the People!

Posted by Susan Hirtz on 10/20/2016 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Nellie's Soulfood Plots a Triumphant Return to West Oakland

Can't wait...

Posted by Ken Washington on 10/20/2016 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Oakland's Street-Repair Deficit is Deep. The Mayor Says a $600 Million Bond Needed to Address the Problem.

I oppose the City of Oakland’s $600 million ‘Bond Measure KK’ because the property tax that pays for it will be twice the stated cost of the bond. The bond is for $600 million but the property tax is $1,179,640,700 [approximately $1.2 billion]. [See Measure KK ‘TAX RATE STATEMENT’ ¶4] This doubling of the cost is due to the fact the bond omits the financing costs. Oakland’s presentation of Measure KK is deceptive because the only mention of the true property tax cost [$1,179,640,700] of the $600 million bond is buried on the last page of the measure hidden among many other numbers such as parcel property tax rates. Nowhere in Measure KK does Oakland state the finance cost of the bond, as law requires.
I oppose this $600 million ‘Bond Measure KK’ because Oakland is not capable of administering a contract wisely. The Alameda County Grand Jury found that Oakland totally mismanaged the recent $50 million garbage contract resulting in a 50% increase of our monthly garbage bill. [See 2015-2016 Grand Jury Report @ on p.39] Now Oakland wants $600 million of taxpayer money to dole out and manage in contracts. Oakland has proven that it cannot manage money wisely and should not be trusted with large budget until it has proven ability to manage small budgets.
I oppose this $600 million ‘Bond Measure KK’ because the taxpayers were not consulted either as to the importance of the projects or the costs of them. The Bond Measure and the supporting documents refer to budget items such as ‘Streets and Roads Projects, in the amount of $350 million’ for repaving repairs. Oakland refuses to release documents that show the existing repaving budget, the existing funds for the repaving or the why more funds are needed.
Congress Representative Barbara Lee has done a fantastic job of bringing home Federal funds to repave Oakland streets. City Administration Office has made no attempt to inform the property owners why Oakland needs more money for paving than the Federal funds and the Oakland ongoing paving budget already provides. Oakland has failed to explain the $350 million shortfall in the paving budget. The Bond documents merely states the problem without informing the taxpayers the existing resources that solve the problem.
Oakland’s infrastructure improvements need to be done incrementally. The taxpayer must evaluate the value received before additional tax money is supplied. All new property taxes should be spent on Oakland’s infrastructure; not 50% given to Wall Street financiers.
Vote ‘NO” on Oakland’s waste of our tax dollars! Vote ‘NO’ on Measure KK!
Marcus Crawley

Posted by Marcus Crawley on 10/20/2016 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Cinco TacoBar in San Leandro Redefines the Strip Mall Taqueria

Sounds good, but there is no ñ in habanero.

Posted by RobertLauriston on 10/20/2016 at 10:06 AM

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